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Definition of bantamweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, flyweight

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Recent Examples on the Web Lose and fall to the bottom of the bantamweight mountain. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Is Phoenix-area UFC star Sean O'Malley ready at UFC 260 to move past his first loss ?," 26 Mar. 2021 Can the former champion, who is now 35, remain relevant in the bantamweight division. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "UFC 259: Everything to know about tonight’s big PPV," 6 Mar. 2021 The talk ahead of the UFC 250 pay-per-view card was that the winner of the bantamweight matchup between Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen would get the chance to face the winner of the Petr Yan vs. Trent Reinsmith, Forbes, "UFC 259 Full Fight Video - Watch Aljamain Sterling Submit Cory Sandhagen," 3 Mar. 2021 The undercard features former champion Dominick Cruz, veteran Joseph Benavidez and rising Chinese bantamweight Song Yadong. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Adesanya fights Blachowicz for 2nd title belt at UFC 259," 5 Mar. 2021 In a bout that will determine a bantamweight champion, current title belt-holder Petr Yan (15-1-0) will face off against a very capable challenger in No. 1 ranked Aljamain Sterling (19-3-0). oregonlive, "How to watch UFC 259 Adesanya vs Blachowicz live stream on ESPN Plus: PPV price, fight card, odds, date and time, preview (3/6/2021)," 5 Mar. 2021 Yan defeated Aldo in the main event of UFC 251 to become the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion. Trent Reinsmith, Forbes, "UFC 259 Full Fight Video - Watch Aljamain Sterling Submit Cory Sandhagen," 3 Mar. 2021 Before those bouts take place, Petr Yan defends his bantamweight crown against Aljamain Sterling. Trent Reinsmith, Forbes, "UFC 259 Full Fight Video: Watch Israel Adesanya Knock Out Paulo Costa," 2 Mar. 2021 On the undercard, super bantamweight Henry Arredondo (7-1, 4 KOs) lost a controversial majority decision to Eros Correa (10-0, 7 KOs) of San Jose, Calif., in an eight-round bout. John Whisler,, "Josh Franco title bout ends in controversial no-contest," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bantamweight

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bantamweight was in 1884

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10 Apr 2021

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“Bantamweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bantamweight

: a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh from 112 to 119 pounds (51 to 54 kilograms)

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